New Orleans, LA – In just their third season of competition, the Columbus State women's track & field team has made quite a splash as they are ranked 24th in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Preseason Poll.
This is the first team in the program's history that they have entered the top-25.
Leading the way for the Lady Cougars is Shan Crawford who specializes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash as well as the 4x100 meter relay. In 100 meter this season, her time of 11.91 is the fourth fastest nationally. She was an All-American in the event in 2010 while garnering the same honors in 2011 in the 200 meter dash.
Crawford along with Asha Alexander, LaQuita Daniel and Zanquetta Smith makeup the 4x100 meter relay team that currently has the fifth fastest time in the nation with a 46.87 mark. Last season, Crawford, Alexander and Daniel along with Keila Beverly reached the NCAA National Championship.
Daniel has also been making noise this season in the 400-meter dash as the senior won the event at the Emory Invitational.
Another key addition to the team this season is Renee Usher. The freshman has immediately made an impact competing in the 1500-meter run. A converted sprinter, Usher ran a career best time of 5:00.67 in the 1500 at the Emory Invitational.
In the field events, Chatil Bradford leads the way for the Lady Cougars competing in both the shot put and discus throws. So far this season, Bradford has won two discus events and won the top prize in the shot put once.
Columbus State will compete this weekend in the Emory Classic. The event will get underway on Friday, March 30 with most of the events taking place on Saturday.